Series Preview: Milwaukee Brewers (32-48) @ Washington Nationals (41-40)

Patrick McDermott

I don't think Washington has been this excited over a lineup since Bryce Harper's Major League debut. He will return just in time for a four-game series against the slumping Milwaukee Brewers as the Nationals get set to start the second half of their season.

81 games down, 81 to go. With the Milwaukee Brewers in town, it will give Nationals fans a chance to see one of the best hitters in the league. No, not Ryan Braun but Bryce Harper. Have I mentioned Harper is coming back yet?

Probable Pitchers

Monday, 7:05 p.m.
WSH: Jordan Zimmermann (11-3, 2.28 ERA)
MIL: Yovani Gallardo (6-7, 4.20 ERA)

Tuesday, 7:05 p.m.
WSH: Stephen Strasburg (4-6, 2.41 ERA)
MIL: Wily Peralta (5-9, 5.58 ERA)

Wednesday, 6:05 p.m.
WSH: Ross Detwiler (2-6, 4.13 ERA)
MIL: Kyle Lohse (3-6, 3.63 ERA)

Thursday, 11:05 a.m. (WHAT)
WSH: Taylor Jordan (0-1, 2.08 ERA)
MIL: To Be Announced

WASHINGTON NATIONALS


Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Zach Duke 12 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Taylor Jordan 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500
Anthony Rendon 30 116 14 36 11 0 1 8 9 22 1 0 .310 .360 .431
Bryce Harper 44 150 29 43 7 1 12 23 25 30 2 2 .287 .386 .587
Ian Desmond 80 301 36 83 21 2 15 48 17 75 8 2 .276 .315 .508
Ryan Zimmerman 67 246 34 67 16 2 9 41 31 63 3 0 .272 .357 .463
Jayson Werth 50 184 30 50 7 0 8 21 16 50 2 0 .272 .333 .440
Denard Span 76 305 33 80 16 7 0 20 22 44 8 3 .262 .314 .361
Adam LaRoche 77 265 37 68 10 2 12 36 35 75 2 0 .257 .341 .445
Wilson Ramos 14 48 4 12 3 0 2 6 4 8 0 1 .250 .308 .438
Steve Lombardozzi 66 175 15 41 9 1 0 14 4 22 2 3 .234 .247 .297
Kurt Suzuki 60 199 16 45 10 1 3 19 17 26 2 0 .226 .286 .332
Dan Haren 15 25 1 5 2 0 0 1 0 11 0 0 .200 .200 .280
Roger Bernadina 63 134 15 25 6 1 2 5 10 34 2 0 .187 .253 .291
Gio Gonzalez 17 27 1 5 1 0 1 1 1 9 0 0 .185 .214 .333
Jeff Kobernus 15 23 3 4 0 0 1 1 4 6 1 2 .174 .321 .304
Jhonatan Solano 16 36 1 6 2 0 0 2 2 6 0 1 .167 .211 .222
Danny Espinosa 44 158 11 25 9 0 3 12 4 47 1 0 .158 .193 .272
Tyler Moore 41 102 8 16 5 0 3 14 6 38 0 0 .157 .202 .294
Stephen Strasburg 15 27 1 4 2 0 0 0 0 11 0 0 .148 .148 .222
Chad Tracy 50 75 4 10 0 0 3 5 4 19 0 2 .133 .177 .253
Chris Marrero 8 16 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 .125 .125 .125
Jordan Zimmermann 16 32 1 3 0 0 0 1 1 15 0 0 .094 .118 .094
Ross Detwiler 12 20 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 16 0 0 .050 .095 .050
Eury Perez 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Craig Stammen 24 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 .000 .200 .000
Ross Ohlendorf 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Nate Karns 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Drew Storen 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Ryan Mattheus 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Tyler Clippard 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Rafael Soriano 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Henry Rodriguez 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Fernando Abad 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Yunesky Maya 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Xavier Cedeno 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Ian Krol 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Erik Davis 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

Pitching

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Xavier Cedeno 0-0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0.00 1.50
Fernando Abad 0-2 16 0 0 0 0 0 14.2 13 2 2 0 1 16 1.23 .95
Ian Krol 0-0 10 0 0 0 0 0 11.2 5 2 2 1 1 13 1.54 .51
Taylor Jordan 0-1 1 1 0 0 0 0 4.1 5 3 1 0 2 1 2.08 1.62
Ross Ohlendorf 1-0 3 1 0 0 0 0 12.2 9 3 3 1 2 7 2.13 .87
Jordan Zimmermann 11-3 16 16 3 1 0 0 114.2 88 33 29 8 17 80 2.28 .92
Rafael Soriano 1-1 34 0 0 0 21 3 34.0 34 10 9 2 7 27 2.38 1.21
Tyler Clippard 6-1 34 0 0 0 0 0 33.2 19 9 9 3 15 34 2.41 1.01
Stephen Strasburg 4-6 15 15 0 0 0 0 93.1 70 34 25 7 27 90 2.41 1.04
Gio Gonzalez 5-3 17 17 0 0 0 0 105.0 76 38 36 9 44 104 3.09 1.14
Craig Stammen 4-3 24 0 0 0 0 1 42.2 42 15 15 2 13 41 3.16 1.29
Drew Storen 2-1 35 0 0 0 2 3 32.2 36 17 14 4 9 34 3.86 1.38
Henry Rodriguez 0-1 17 0 0 0 0 0 18.0 14 8 8 1 16 11 4.00 1.67
Ross Detwiler 2-6 12 12 0 0 0 0 65.1 84 33 30 5 13 36 4.13 1.48
Ryan Mattheus 0-0 14 0 0 0 0 1 16.1 20 9 9 0 5 12 4.96 1.53
Dan Haren 4-9 15 15 0 0 0 0 82.0 105 60 56 19 13 67 6.15 1.44
Erik Davis 0-0 5 0 0 0 0 0 4.1 7 3 3 0 1 7 6.23 1.85
Nate Karns 0-1 3 3 0 0 0 0 12.0 17 11 10 5 6 11 7.50 1.92
Zach Duke 1-1 12 1 0 0 0 0 20.2 31 22 20 2 8 11 8.71 1.89
Yunesky Maya 0-1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 2 2 2 1 0 0 54.00 6.00


Washington Nationals Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Ross Detwiler lower-back 06/30/2013

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Ryan Mattheus hand 05/20/2013




NL East Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Atlanta 48 34 .585 0 Lost 3
Washington 41 40 .506 6.5 Won 1
Philadelphia 39 44 .469 9.5 Lost 2
New York 33 45 .423 13 Lost 1
Miami 29 51 .362 18 Won 2

(updated 7.1.2013 at 2:01 PM EDT)


MILWAUKEE BREWERS


Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Sean Halton 3 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .333 .333 .333
Donovan Hand 11 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .333
Jean Segura 79 321 46 105 9 8 11 32 13 42 24 3 .327 .360 .508
Carlos Gomez 75 286 45 90 18 9 12 37 12 67 16 3 .315 .355 .566
Ryan Braun 57 214 30 65 13 2 9 36 27 52 4 5 .304 .380 .509
Alfredo Figaro 21 10 1 3 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 0 .300 .300 .300
Norichika Aoki 76 299 43 85 12 1 4 15 30 17 9 8 .284 .362 .371
Aramis Ramirez 48 165 20 45 10 0 5 24 18 35 0 1 .273 .353 .424
Jonathan Lucroy 68 239 21 64 8 4 8 42 15 33 2 1 .268 .314 .435
Marco Estrada 12 19 0 5 1 0 0 2 0 8 0 0 .263 .263 .316
Jeff Bianchi 37 71 5 18 3 1 0 6 0 17 1 1 .254 .264 .324
Yovani Gallardo 19 32 2 8 1 0 2 3 0 18 0 0 .250 .250 .469
Caleb Gindl 10 20 2 5 0 0 0 1 2 4 1 0 .250 .318 .250
Tom Gorzelanny 31 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .250 .250 .250
Rickie Weeks 71 237 32 54 11 1 8 19 29 73 4 2 .228 .322 .384
Scooter Gennett 17 42 4 9 1 1 1 5 2 7 0 0 .214 .250 .357
Logan Schafer 67 135 10 28 8 1 0 11 6 30 1 0 .207 .257 .281
Yuniesky Betancourt 74 243 19 49 7 1 8 32 9 41 0 0 .202 .231 .337
Juan Francisco 21 65 7 13 1 1 4 10 6 19 0 0 .200 .280 .431
Wily Peralta 17 26 1 5 0 0 0 0 1 12 0 0 .192 .222 .192
Martin Maldonado 39 116 8 22 5 1 3 14 7 34 0 0 .190 .254 .328
Khris Davis 14 16 2 3 2 0 0 0 1 8 1 0 .188 .278 .313
Alex Gonzalez 41 113 14 20 3 0 1 8 3 26 0 0 .177 .203 .230
Kyle Lohse 17 28 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 16 0 0 .143 .143 .143
Blake Lalli 16 24 1 3 0 0 0 2 0 7 0 0 .125 .125 .125
Hiram Burgos 6 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 .125 .125 .125
Josh Prince 8 8 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .125 .222 .250
Mike Fiers 11 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Tyler Thornburg 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Johnny Hellweg 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
John Axford 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brandon Kintzler 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Michael Gonzalez 42 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Chris Narveson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Burke Badenhop 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jim Henderson 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Francisco Rodriguez 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

Pitching

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Chris Narveson 0-0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 1.00
Tyler Thornburg 1-0 3 0 0 0 0 0 9.0 7 0 0 0 1 6 0.00 .89
Francisco Rodriguez 1-1 18 0 0 0 6 0 17.2 11 2 2 1 6 17 1.02 .96
Jim Henderson 2-2 30 0 0 0 10 3 29.2 21 7 7 2 9 31 2.12 1.01
Tom Gorzelanny 1-0 31 1 0 0 0 1 37.0 24 10 10 5 17 36 2.43 1.11
Donovan Hand 0-1 11 2 0 0 0 0 24.0 22 8 7 2 3 14 2.63 1.04
Brandon Kintzler 2-0 33 0 0 0 0 0 35.0 28 13 13 1 10 32 3.34 1.09
Burke Badenhop 1-3 39 0 0 0 1 1 37.1 29 19 14 4 9 27 3.38 1.02
Michael Gonzalez 0-3 42 0 0 0 0 3 29.0 27 11 11 4 16 39 3.41 1.48
Kyle Lohse 3-6 17 16 0 0 0 0 94.1 98 40 38 14 16 59 3.63 1.21
John Axford 3-3 39 0 0 0 0 3 34.1 36 16 15 6 13 37 3.93 1.43
Yovani Gallardo 6-7 19 17 0 0 0 0 98.2 101 53 46 10 36 80 4.20 1.39
Alfredo Figaro 1-2 21 5 0 0 0 0 54.1 60 32 28 13 12 44 4.64 1.33
Marco Estrada 4-4 12 12 0 0 0 0 69.1 76 42 41 14 18 62 5.32 1.36
Wily Peralta 5-9 17 17 0 0 0 0 92.0 111 70 57 10 37 51 5.58 1.61
Hiram Burgos 1-2 6 6 0 0 0 0 29.1 38 23 21 5 11 18 6.44 1.67
Mike Fiers 1-4 11 3 0 0 0 0 22.1 28 20 18 8 6 15 7.25 1.52
Johnny Hellweg 0-1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1.2 6 7 5 0 2 1 27.00 4.80


Milwaukee Brewers Injuries

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Marco Estrada hamstring 06/04/2013
Ryan Braun thumb 06/10/2013

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Corey Hart knee 03/22/2013
Mat Gamel knee 03/20/2013
Taylor Green hip 03/22/2013
Mark Rogers shoulder 03/25/2013



NL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Pittsburgh 51 30 .629 0 Won 9
St. Louis 49 32 .604 2 Lost 1
Cincinnati 46 36 .560 5.5 Lost 1
Chicago 35 45 .437 15.5 Won 2
Milwaukee 32 48 .400 18.5 Won 2
Houston 30 52 .365 21.5 Lost 3

(updated 7.1.2013 at 2:02 PM EDT)


Go-To Lineup (via Baseball Prospectus/MLB Depth Charts)
1 RF Norichika Aoki
2 SS Jean Segura
3 CF Carlos Gomez
4 3B Aramis Ramirez
5 C Jonathan Lucroy
6 1B Juan Francisco
7 2B Rickie Weeks
8 LF Logan Schafer

Bench
C/1B Martin Maldonado
1B/OF Sean Halton
IF Yuniesky Betancourt
IF Jeff Bianchi

Bullpen (WHAT ; Expect some moves before Thursday game or one of these men to start)
CL RHP Jim Henderson
SU RHP Francisco Rodriguez
SU RHP Brandon Kintzler
MID RHP John Axford
MID LHP Tom Gorzelanny
MID RHP Burke Badenhop
MID LHP Michael Gonzalez
MID RHP Donovan Hand
MID RHP Johnny Hellweg
LR RHP Tyler Thornburg

HITTER TO WATCH: Jean Segura
Segura has been surprising even his biggest fans before the season (including me, who waited one round too long to draft him on my NL-only team). He is hitting .327/.360/.508 with 11 HR, 32 RBI and is 24-3 in stolen bases in his first full season after coming to Milwaukee from Los Angeles in the Zach Greinke trade. Segura has cooled off a bit lately, however and is hitting only 6/24 (.231/.259/.269) in his last seven days.

PITCHER TO WATCH: John Axford
What better way to celebrate Canada Day than to feature Axford, one of Milwaukee's two Canadians in the bullpen (Jim Henderson, a former Expos draft pick is the other.) Axford lost his closing job last year, only to get it back to start the year, only to lose it again after blowing three saves. However, despite having a season-long 3-3 record with a 3.93 ERA, he has really gotten his issues straightened out. In the last 30 days, he went 10.2 scoreless innings (0.00 ERA) and had a 10-2 K-BB ratio.

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